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How Chris Paul’s absence was felt by the Rockets during game 7

Though it's hard to say if the Rockets would've won either game, the Warriors undoubtedly benefitted from his absence. Gone was the crafty mid-range game, his tough defense, and his valuable leadership through the game's trials.


Kahron Spearman


The Houston Rockets were sitting in the best position possible, fixing to go up 3-2 on the Golden State Warriors after Game 5, with an opportunity to close out. They had assuredly outplayed the defending champions.

 

That was right up until a minute left, when Chris Paul suffered a Grade 2 strain on his hamstring, permanently altering the complexion of the series.

 

Fast forward to Monday night, and the Rockets would end up losing two straight games without Paul - losing control of the games in the third quarters.

If he was out there, we would be playing on Thursday.

Eric Gordon
Guard, Houston Rockets

The Warriors dominated in the third period once again (33-15) in game 7, ending the series with a +68 margin in the quarter throughout the series. The Rockets missed all thirteen three-point attempts in the quarter, many wide open tries.

 

While it would be difficult to ascertain whether Paul could've helped, it bears reasoning that the feisty guard could've steadied the Rockets' ship in the quarter.

Though hard to say if the Rockets would've won either game, the Warriors surely benefitted from his absence. Gone was the crafty mid-range game, his tough defense, and his valuable leadership through the game's trials.

 

Even if Rockets had shot 7-of-44 from deep with him in the lineup, you'd rather live and die with him shooting and/or making more decisions than, say, Trevor Ariza - who went 0-12 (0-9 from three.)

SOU  RCES